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COVID-19 Response Series

As COVID-19 spreads, governments are responding with drastic measures to combat the pandemic’s health and economic impacts. In the mining industry, the virus has harmed workers, disrupted supply chains, and halted operations in many nations. The crisis presents commodity-specific risks to supply and/or demand, which is reflected in ongoing price volatility throughout the sector. There is a risk that countries dealing with this unprecedented crisis may adopt poorly designed policies that may have long term implications.

The following information and events examine key policy implications for governments and actions being taken by governments to address this rapidly evolving crisis.

ASM and COVID-19: IGF member survey of challenges and opportunities

This report looks at the responses to the IGF’s survey of member countries about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their respective artisanal and small-scale mining sectors.

Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining and COVID-19: Responding to the pandemic

This brief outlines some of the main challenges to ASM sector support and regulation in the context of the global pandemic, and points tentatively to how governments could move forward with effective ASM sector management in the coming months.

Webinar | Rethinking ASM Formalization: How COVID-19’s disruption can be catalyzed for development

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause widespread disruption to the world’s social and economic development. Our research shows the scope and impact of the changes for the 42 million people around the globe involved in artisanal and small-scale ...
Date of event:December 3rd, 2020

Local Content Responses to COVID-19 and Automation? The Answer is Data

With the impacts of COVID-19 and increasing automation, detailed data is even more important for governments to understand mining sector requirements.  

Three Ways COVID-19 Shows Vulnerable Workers Need Stronger Social Protections Now

What can governments and industry do to ensure vulnerable workers aren’t left behind when the next pandemic strikes?

[EN/ES] CAMMA-IGF Webinar: Programs for Small- and Medium-scale Latin American Mining in a COVID-19 Era

The Governments of Argentina and Colombia will present their reactivation programs identifying the actions and support provided to the ASM sector during COVID-19. This webinar is presented in English and Spanish.
Date of event:September 24th, 2020

Webinar: New Technology and The Future of Mining in a COVID-19 Era

Join us Wednesday, September 9, at 9:00 a.m. ET / 3:00 p.m. CEST as we explore what COVID-19 means for new technologies and the future of mining.
Date of event:September 9th, 2020

Mining During and After COVID-19: A perspective from IndustriALL Global Union

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the future and prepared trade unions for the new world of work in mining post-COVID-19, the authors say.

Three Lessons From Global Mining Tax Policy Responses to COVID-19

Three lessons that emerged from our trio of webinars on the topic.

[EN/ES] Webinar Q&A/Preguntas y Respuestas: Respuestas de Política y Administración Tributaria Minera en Tiempo de Crisis

Responses to some participant questions from our Spanish-language webinar: Mining Tax Policy and Administrative Responses to COVID-19.

[EN/FR] Webinar Q&A/Webinaire questions et réponses: Nouvelles mesures de politique fiscale pour le secteur minier face au COVID-19

Responses to participant questions raised during our French-language webinar: Mining Tax Policy Responses to COVID-19.

Impact of COVID-19 on Employment in Mining

The latest paper from the IGF details how COVID-19 has impacted employment in mining.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Employment in Mining

COVID-19 has closed operations in the global mining sector, and employees are being laid off. Governments and industry must act now to foster a resilient job market and protect communities’ livelihoods.

Webinar | Employment in Mining During COVID-19: Impacts, responses and future outlook

Join us Wednesday, June 10, at 9 a.m. Ottawa / 3 p.m. Geneva as we look at the impacts of COVID-19 on employment and earnings in the mining sector.
Date of event:June 10th, 2020

[ES] Webinar: Mining Tax Policy and Administration Responses to COVID-19

Spanish webinar exploring mining tax policy responses to the COVID-19 health crisis.
Date of event:May 29th, 2020

[FR] Webinar: Mining Tax Policy Responses to COVID-19

A French webinar exploring mining tax policy responses to the COVID-19 health crisis.
Date of event:May 26th, 2020

Force Majeure and COVID-19: Legal risks of a double-edged sword

In the COVID-19 era, governments may find themeselves both facing force majeure claims from companies and making force majeure claims themselves.

Latin American Governments Offer Mining-Specific Measures for COVID-19

Argentina, Colombia, and Peru have released mining-specific COVID-19 protocols, we have summarized the key elements in these guidelines.

Webinar: COVID-19 and Local Procurement: How will the mining sector’s supply chains adapt?

Join us May 13 to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on supply chains and local content policies.
Date of event:May 13th, 2020

Mining Tax Policy Responses to COVID-19

Partners IGF and ATAF answer questions stemming from their webinar exploring mining tax policy responses to the COVID-19 health crisis.

Webinar: Mining Tax Policy Responses to COVID-19

Webinar exploring mining tax policy responses to the COVID-19 health crisis.
Date of event:April 16th, 2020